If a home should be anything, it should be a refuge. Having a space you can call your own in this wide and chaotic world of ours is always a wonderful privilege, and it’s one we all fight to have. For this reason, investing in this space, decorating it as our own, and being grateful for our chance to do so is certainly a worthwhile use of your time.
But it’s not just the home that can serve as a refuge and shelter from the outside world, but how you develop the spaces within it. For example, your master bedroom and children’s bedrooms should be calming spaces that allow wonderful sleep throughout the night, and comforts even in during the hot summer and cold winter.
If you have the room to spare, we’d also recommend taking this principle and running with it a little further. Curating a meditative reflection space you can use to sit down, relax, focus, pray, and be grateful can be fantastic for your wellbeing. It will also give you room to connect to your spirituality, be that your religious ideas, or secular mindfulness approaches.
Having a small space, be that a corner of a room or a spare room entirely is all you need for success. In this post, then, we’ll discuss how to curate that reflective, meditative environment you can use for self-care:
It’s comforting to put mood lighting in place, and here simplicity often works wonders. You might start with a few candles and candle holders to ensure they’re stable and the flickering flame poses no danger to the interior.
Then, you might put up netted fairy lights around the walls and ceilings, or as part of the overhang decorative elements for a little more layering. Mood lighting should be soft, and colors should complement one another. This way, you set ambiance in the space without it feeling dingy or tired. Colored lights, be those through LED strips or lampshades, can also add a serene, magical element to the space.
Incense sticks can be a wonderful addition to any room, as they provide a sense of comfort and peace through a variety of welcoming flavors. These incense sticks are easy to light and can last anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour, which is perfect for a long-form meditation session.
You can also make use of wonderful floral scents like lavender which has been proven to relax and help with sleep. Even the smell of spices, like ginger, can cause a sense of calm and well-being, and saffron pixie sticks could even be consumed to help with focus and concentration.
It’s good to think about what you’re using the room for, that way you can apply the right seating you’ll need. For example, a supportive bean chair or floor backrest could be used for meditation, especially if you’re slowly working up to achieving the lotus position with your legs crossed.
Comfortable seating may also involve a relaxing sofa, bean-back chairs, a large wicker armchair with padded cushions, and perhaps even a soft bench you can use for reaching. Make sure to implement footrests and soft carpeting so the rest of the space is comfortable to use and interact with.
There’s no shame in having one or two seating places if you plan to use this as a private room, but it’s always nice to share the space with others, so don’t be afraid to consider their needs also.
There’s nothing quite like soft audio ambiance for the best possible presence, it’s as if the room is gently whispering positive affirmations to you. A good surround sound system that can connect to your device with a peaceful meditation playlist can be wonderful.
You can even opt for old-school record players or multi-functioning CD players too, as these not only sound wonderful, but there’s plenty of great music still released on this format in the ambient space. You’d be amazed at how many artists are putting together calming soundscapes for use with yoga, massages, quiet introspection, prayer, and more.
In some cases, you can even integrate smart home assistants to respond to the music you’re playing, such as lighting strips that gently react to the audio waves of the music being played. You don’t have to opt for this level of interactivity, but if you’re making a meditation or yoga space, it can be the cherry on top of the entire planning effort.
With this advice, you’re sure to curate a reflective, meditative space worth appreciating for quite some time.